Anxiety and the interpretation of ambiguity: a text comprehension study.

@article{MacLeod1993AnxietyAT,
  title={Anxiety and the interpretation of ambiguity: a text comprehension study.},
  author={Colin D. MacLeod and Ira L Cohen},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  year={1993},
  volume={102 2},
  pages={238-47}
}
Beck's influential cognitive account of anxiety has led to the prediction that individuals vulnerable to anxiety should favor threatening interpretations of ambiguity (e.g., Beck & Clark, 1988; Beck, Emery, & Greenberg, 1986). The current study introduces a novel adaptation of the RSVP technique, previously used in text comprehension research, to evaluate this hypothesis. Results suggest that a group of 24 high trait anxious students did indeed selectively impose threatening interpretations on… CONTINUE READING